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One of Greater Boston's most beloved traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's “Free Shakespeare On The Common” celebrates its 18th season with the comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Inspired by Rat Pack-era Vegas, this production brings together the talents of CSC’s Artistic Director Steve Maler, music director Colin Thurmond and choreographer Yo-el Cassell.  Playing July 6 - 28, 2013, performances are free and open to the public.

The production will feature 12 actors, a five piece jazz combo   24 acting apprentices, and 4 dogs. A jazz trio comprised of NEC students led by pianist Evan Allen (B.M. ’13), will be integrated into the narrative of the play, performing classic jazz standards inspired by Rat-Pack era Vegas, including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fever,” “Change Partners” and “Witchcraft.”  During the course of the play, the actors will sing and play along with this core trio, telling the classic Shakespeare story with a twist bringing new meaning to line “What happens in Milan, stays in Milan.”

William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentleman of Verona tells the tale of two friends who leave their hometown of Verona to find their happy fortunes in Milan. Instead, they find temptation, trickery, and trouble as they vie for favor with the high-society Duke... and his debutante daughter. All are drawn into a web of disguise and secrecy where the last thing anyone wants is for the truth to surface - least of all the dog. 

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